Professor Michael Leonard Graham Balfour 101
- Born: 22 November 1908, 38 Woodstock Road, Oxford
- Died: 16 September 1995, Witney, Oxfordshire aged 86
- Buried: September 1995, Burford Parish Church, Oxon
Civil Servant. Professor of Modern European History, University of
East Anglia until 1974. Awarded CBE. Civil Servant. Author of 'The
Kaiser' , 'Propoganda in War' and other history subjects connected
with modern Germany. The Balfour home was Huntsman's Cottage from January 1939 to October 1946.
From The Times, June 29, 1934
The marriage took place yesterday in Winchester Cathedral of Mr.
Michael Leonard Graham Balfour, younger son of the late Sir Graham
Balfour and of Lady Balfour, of 4, Blackhall Road, Oxford, and Miss
Grizel Wilson, second daughter of the late Mr. Archie Wilson, of The
College, Winchester, and of Mrs. Wilson, of Kelso House, Winchester.
The Dean of Winchester officiated, assisted by the Rev. R. Quirk.
The bride, who was given away by her brother, Mr. A.D. Wilson, wore a
gown of ivory crÍpe with a train cut in one with the skirt. A second
train was of old family Tambour lace, and her mother's tulle veil was
held in place by a wreath of orange-blossom. She carried a bouquet of
pale-yellow roses. There were two little bridesmaids, Stephana and
Mary Wilson (sisters of the bride), and six grown-up bridesmaids -
Miss Prue Goddard (cousin of the bride), Miss Wendy Cobbe, Miss Betty
Cole, Miss Diana Cole, Miss Diana Quirk, and Miss Katherine Bradford.
They all wore dresses of apricot-coloured chiffon over gold taffeta
underdresses. The had headdresses of leaves to tone, and carried
sheaves of dark red roses. Mr. Reginald W. B. Burton was best man.
Mrs. Wilson afterwards held a reception at Kelso House and among the
The honeymoon is being spent in Austria, and the bride travelled in a
pale-blue printed crÍpe de Chine dress trimmed with dark blue, with a
dark blue coat and hat.
Noted events in his life were:
1. He appeared on the census in 1911 in Riverdale, Colwich, Stafford, Staffordshire. 10
2. Honeymoon: 1934, Austria.
3. Resided: 1951, 17 Redington Road, London.
4. Passenger list: 24 October 1951, SS Mauretania, New York To Southampton.
5. Resided: 22 April 1965, 5b Prince Arthur Road, London.
Michael married Ethel Grizel Wilson, daughter of Archibald Edward Wilson and Ethel Mary Schuster.